The Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-America Team just announced by Collegiate Baseball News features four first-year players from the Big 12.
Three of the Big 12 Freshman All-Americans are still competing in the NCAA Baseball Championship in the round of 16, otherwise known as the Super Regionals. Neuse is the only one whose season is completed. The Sooner shortstop is the 2014 Big 12 Freshman of the Year and was a unanimous selection to the conference’s All-Big 12 First Team.
Neuse played in all 58 games for Oklahoma this season and led the team with 47 RBI and a .521 slugging percentage. He batted .304 for the 2014 season.
Dusek, a left-handed starter for Texas Tech, is 7-0 so far this season in 13 starts and has an ERA of 2.08. He has allowed just 16 earned runs in 69 innings. Dusek was named the Most Outstanding Player in the Coral Gables Regional, won by the Red Raiders for their first NCAA regional championship. The left-hander tossed a four-hit, 3-0 shutout of top-seed Miami in the Red Raiders’ opening-round game in that regional.
Dusek’s teammate, Smith, an outfielder for Tech, had an on-base percentage of .421 this season, fifth best in the conference. He also had a .400 slugging percentage in 2014 along with a dozen doubles and 20 RBI.
TCU’s Alexander, a left-handed starter, was a second-team All-Big 12 selection. He owns a 10-3 record in 14 starts this season and has the second-best ERA (1.94) on the Big 12’s best pitching staff.
In the conferences 18-year history, has produced a total of 79 players honored as Louisville Slugger Freshman All-Americans.